At Baines’ Endowed Church of England Primary School, we are highly committed to the arts. We offer a curriculum that provides children with a wide range of creative and artistic opportunities. We believe that opportunities for creativity, self-expression and fulfillment are embedded through the arts and that through experiencing the arts children develop their self esteem and confidence, along with creativity and imagination.
We believe everyone is capable of participating successfully in the Arts and value creative talents.
Within school we provide a wide range of creative and artistic opportunities, these include; creative writing, art and design, drama, music, dance and use of multimedia. Children in our school are provided with at least one hour per week dedicated to the arts in both key stages, and additional time is provided through cross-curricular work. There are also numerous opportunities to become involved in the arts outside of the classroom across the key stages. School’s Alive is a dancing/singing annual event that KS2 are invited to take part in; choir meet weekly and perform often; children are invited to take up extra-curricular music lessons in addition to the wider opportunities initiative (violins) in Year 4 and there is an annual production where the children showcase their drama and singing skills. The arts play a huge part in enriching our curricular and extra-curricular enjoyment, and also a embedded in our spiritual development daily. All children sing daily in whole school/ in class worship and each class also takes turns to lead worship, through singing and drama on a termly basis. In addition, drama is incorporated into other subjects such as PSHE and Literacy.
As part of our dedication to the arts we also hold ‘Arts Weeks’ where the children come off timetable and get involved in a range of arts activities. During Arts Week we invite a range of professionals such as Artists, Dance specialists and Musicians into school to allow children to experience a whole range of arts. Teachers and TA’s also utilise their strengths by participating in class swaps to allow subject specialists to enhance skills across school in their arts subject.